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Vatican rolls out first-ever guidebook for Arab pilgrims

May 28, 2015 - 09:55 am .- In a move intended to reach out to Arab pilgrims who make their way to the Eternal City, the Vatican has for the first time published a guidebook entirely in the Arabic language.

For the Vatican bank, a new direction means profitability

May 28, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The Vatican Bank’s net profits in 2014 jumped to $75.5 million from only $3.2 million the previous year, reflecting a change in its financial management and investments.

'Mother of Mercy' beatification in Kenya draws tens of thousands

May 27, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Massive crowds attended Saturday's beatification of early twentieth-century Italian missionary, Sister Irene Stefani, who was known as “mother of mercy” to the Kenyan people she cared for.

Love requires work – not just attraction or feelings, Pope tells couples

May 27, 2015 - 12:04 pm .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said the process of engagement is essential for any couple on their way to marriage since it not only allows love to mature, but helps future spouses deepen in knowledge of one another.

Think you're important because you have money? Think again, Pope says

May 26, 2015 - 08:21 am .- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others.

What does Pope Francis miss most? Walking in the streets, eating pizza at restaurants

May 25, 2015 - 02:02 pm .- In a recent interview with an Argentine newspaper, Pope Francis said he misses the “tranquillity of walking in the streets” and that he's always been “callejero” – a man of the city.

Thousands of people are trapped in the ocean right now – here is Pope Francis' response

May 25, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Pope Francis has strongly called on the international community to help the scores of migrants who are currently trapped after attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Respect creation – this is a must for every single Christian, Pope Francis says

May 24, 2015 - 10:14 am .- Pope Francis used Sunday's feast of Pentecost – the descent of the Holy Spirit – as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the earth.

Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love

May 23, 2015 - 07:48 am .- On the day of Oscar Romero’s beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising the martyr for his courageous service to the poor amid widespread national violence.

Want to empower women? Support mothers, politician argues

May 22, 2015 - 09:45 am .- Ahead of a conference discussing the presence of women in the 2015 development agenda, organizers said goals fall short of addressing issues such as attacks on motherhood and surrogacy.

Pope's visit to Vatican departments a 'beautiful experience,' official says

May 22, 2015 - 07:14 am .- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe: Controversial thinker and new Vatican consultant

May 21, 2015 - 11:10 am .- Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican priest who led his order for ten years and has stirred controversy in the past for his stance on certain ecclesial issues, was appointed May 16 as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Pope Francis to parents: Come out of 'exile' and educate your children

May 20, 2015 - 10:41 am .- In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction.

Brooklyn diocese receives two new bishops from Pope Francis

May 19, 2015 - 04:48 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday named two priests to become auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn: Monsignor James Massa and Father Witold Morziewski.

Pope Francis: Are you ready for your final goodbye?

May 19, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis focused on many different “goodbyes” that happen during life, and asked whether attendees were ready for the final, most important farewell before going to the Father.

Could Mother Teresa be canonized during the Holy Year for Mercy?

May 19, 2015 - 10:15 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has said that Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made.

For Pope Francis, the laity must be formed for their mission in the world

May 19, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Speaking to the Italian bishops' general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation, so that they can assume their proper responsibilities in the public square.

Beware of 'white-gloved' terrorism, Pope tells Middle East nuns

May 18, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- One day after canonizing the first two Palestinian saints since the early days of Christianity, Pope Francis met with a group of sisters from the Holy Land – urging them to pray for peace against “white-gloved terrorism” and persecution.

For Arab Christianity, new women saints give encouraging example

May 17, 2015 - 06:38 pm .- The Catholic Church’s celebration of the canonization of two new women saints from Palestine on Sunday helps recognize both women’s important role in Arab culture and Arabs’ important role in Christianity.

Pope appeals for peace in Burundi

May 17, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- On Sunday morning, Pope Francis called for prayers for the people of Burundi, where violent clashes have broken out following a failed coup last week.

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